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making news in america this morning, town halls across the country are getting more heated and in some cases more bizarre. residents are talking to empty chairs and even cardboard cutouts as they demand answers from lawmakers. plus, the overnight protests at the white house after the trump administration revokes guidelines for transgender bathrooms. protesters blocking streets and surround cars after on off-duty officer's confrontation with a group of teenagers. video of it and what the department is now saying. we have a winner for the powerball jackpot someone out there holding a ticket worth more than $400 million. while we don't know who they are, we do know where it was sold. close call for a group of boaters when a whale makes a big splash.
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and we do say good thursday morning. we'll start with all those protests growing on two fronts against congressional lawmakers and decisions by the trump administration. >> overnight people gathered at the white house after president trump rescinded guidelines on transgender restroom use at schools. >> and americans across the country are storming republican town hall meetings demanding answers from their representatives and senators about the president, his policies including the future of health care. furious, fraction and at times feisty. [ chanting ] angry constituents from california to new jersey showing up at congressional town halls. overnight in santa ana cardboard cutouts placed on seats after these lawmakers were no-shows. near austin, texas, no representative, no problem. >> we're going to have a town
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hall as if he was right here. >> reporter: asking questions to an empty chair after congressman bill flores failed to show up. >> i would like to know if there is a going to be an independent investigation of the russian situation. >> reporter: flores' office said he had a scheduling conflict and a rowdy group with tom cotton. cotton seemingly dodged a question go whether he would preserve the affordable care act protections for people with pre-existing conditions. >> my husband are alzheimer's and dementia plus multiple other things and you are going to stand with him at home, expect us to be calm, cool and collected. well, what kind of entrance do you have. >> reporter: republicans questioned the legitimacy of some of those attending. >> some people are clearly upset but there is a bit of professional protester manufactured base in there. >> reporter: the president tweeting the so-called angry
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crowds in home districts of some republicans are actually in numerous cases planned out by liberal activists. sad. and there is new reaction after the white house returns the issue of transgender bathroom use to individual states. >> it cancels the federal guidelines put in place just last year. abc's kenneth moton joins us live from washington, d.c. with more on this. kenneth. >> reporter: good morning, diane and kendis. remember during the campaign, president trump said transgender celebrity caitlyn jenner could use whichever bathroom in trump tower she wanted but said it was a matter of states' rights. late night white house protests over a controversial reversal for a controversial federal directive. president trump rescinded president obama's guidance to schools and let them based on their identity. >> certain issues are not best with at the federal level. >> reporter: during the bill debate in north carolina,
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candidate trump said people should use the bathroom they feel is appropriate. >> the federal government was engaged in gross overreach when it issued this directive. >> reporter: the justice and education department claims the obama directive caused kwon fusion and nancy pelosi said civil rights are not confusing. ♪ o say can you see >> reporter: jackie evancho asked for the president to meet with her and her sister. education secretary betsy devos saying it was a moral obligation to protect all students. attorney general jeff sessions wanted the obama civil rights expansion rolled back before pending court cases potentially upheld federal protections. one scheduled supreme court case involves transgender teen gavin grimm versus his virginia school board. >> i hope that the nation as a whole moves towards laws and moves towards equality and acceptance.
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>> reporter: with the president's reversal the supreme court may not hear gavin's case now. the trump administration says anti-bullying safeguards for lgbtq students will remain in place. >> kenneth moton, thanks. vice president mike pence is the latest to denounce hate crimes after dozens of bomb threats were phoned in to jewish centers and a jewish cemetery in missouri was vandalized and made a surprise visit to help in the cleanup and send a message condemning anti-semitism in this country. >> there's no place in america for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-semitism. >> reporter: pence raked up debris at the cemetery where dozens of headstones had been knocked over. a muslim group raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cleanup there. the secretary of state and homeland security chief are in mexico this morning hoping to ease tensions. rex tillerson and john kelly will meet with mexican leaders
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later today, their mission to smooth over relations made by president trump's stand on trade and undocumented immigrants. the people inside the pipeline protest camp have until 9:00 a.m. to clear out without being arrested. most of them vacated yesterday but set fire to their makeshift wooden housing as they left. ten were arrested outside the camp for interfering with the evacuation. government officials say they had to clear the grounds due to flooding and health risks. quite a bit of unrest in southern california as protesters gathered overnight over a police officer firing his gun during a confrontation with teenagers. hundreds of demonstrators gathered where it took place between the off-duty lapd officer and three boys in anaheim. the protesters blocked streets and surrounded vehicles. at least two dozen people were arrested. and that outrage was prompted by this incident. it was caught on camera. you see the off-duty officer in the plaid shirt grabbing that boy and another boy becomes
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involved and then a third is seen charging the officer. at that point the officer appears to reach for his gun and the sound of gunfire is then heard. no one was injured during the incident and a criminal investigation is under way. >> during that confrontation a 13-year-old male is alleged to have made a threat towards the off-duty officer that he was going to shoot him. >> he said i'm going to sue you. you keep hitting me. you're hurting me. i'm going to sue you. >> reporter: it involved an ongoing dispute about the teens walking on the officer's property. the officer has been placed on administrative leave. two of the teens involved in the incident were arrested. we have breaking news from iraq and officials say federal police forces regained control of the runway at mosul's airport. that marks a significant step in restaying the city from isis. here is a live look at the staging area for that brace just outside the airport. the airport's runway has been destroyed by isis but regaining the site will help the army
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control important routes into mosul. back here in this country and to the extreme weather impacting millions of people this morning. some of us are experiencing some record warmth while others are preparing for strong snowstorms. take a look at the current advisories. blizzard, winter storm, red flag warnings and watches all over the map. someone is presumably waking up very happy after hitting the huge powerball jackpot and we know where it was sold. tell you that coming up. >> assuming they went to bed at all last night. plus, fight of his life. a man battling stage 4 cancer suddenly attacked outside a bank. how he fought off the robbers. and a close call for a motorcyclist when a bus changes lanes. see the last-second decision that may have saved the passenger's life.
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a hearing is under way in florida over whether a retired police officer who shot and killed a fellow moviegoer can use the stand your ground defense. curtis reeves is charged with killing chad le cl killing chad oulson after his use of a cell phone and that argument escalated. reese's wife defended her husband telling the judge he was scared of oulson and fired in self-defense. >> you're looking at mr. oulson at that point and you see him lunging forward. is that correct. >> yes, i saw that. >> when you say he was leaning forward, describe for the court what it is that you see at the time. >> it happened very quickly. and his whole upper body just
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came forward and i thought that he was coming over. >> well, today oulson's wife is set to testify about what she saw when her husband was shot. the judge is expected to rule sometime next week whether the case will go to trial. a florida police officer who shot and killed a woman during a training session has turned himself in on manslaughter charges. lee cole could face 30 years in prison if convicted. last summer officer cole shot 73-year-old mary knowlton during a role-playing exercise on the use of legal force free on $5,000 bond. the former team doctor from the game jazz ticks team is facing new charges. sry nasar is accused of molesting nine gymnasts while treating them at his home and the state's attorney general calls him a monster. dozens of former patients are suing nassar but denies the allegations.
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google's service works through the waze apps and allows them to pick up extra commuters for a small fee and can't use them for their main income but unlike uber waze won't take a cut of the driver's pay and expand over the next few months in the u.s. one winning ticket for last year's 435 million powerball jackpot. if you bought your ticket in indiana. you will want to check those numbers. the numbers are 10, 13, 28, 52, 61 with a powerball of 2. there was also a $2 million ticket sold in new jersey and million dollar tickets in kansas, massachusetts, new york and texas. >> really after taxes, you're only getting like half that amount anyway. >> i'll take that. >> not even worth it. absolutely. when we come back we'll turn to the stunning developments in the murder of two teenagers, how one of the victims gave investigators their biggest clue yet. and riding on two wheels.
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try zyrtec®. muddle no more®. admittedly they know how to handle snow in lake tahoe. but this is kind of ridiculous where some areas have had as much as 12 feet. >> wow. >> of snow. right now on the ground. in the last seven weeks the area has gotten more snow than it averages for an entire ski season and the resorts are loving life. >> just ski right down the street. more snow heading for roads in the rockies and other western mountains today. driving slippery in the upper plains. watch out for puddles in the pacific northwest and south of the great lakes. flying, weather-related airport delays possible in minneapolis and chicago. we're going to keep our focus in the midwest and the stunning development in the murder investigation of two indiana girls. >> police have released a short audio clip of the suspect's voice. now, that audio was apparent lid reported by one of the victims.
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14-year-old libby german before her death. libby and abby williams disappeared after a hiking trip. their bodies were discovered on valentine's day and alex perez has more. >> reporter: the voice is chilling. >> down the hill. >> reporter: indiana investigators believe it could help them track down whoever murdered 13-year-old abby williams and 14-year-old libby german. >> down the hill. down the hill. >> reporter: that distinctive voice police say is the killer ordering the girls to move down a hill. the girls' bodies were discovered valentine's day at the foot of a hill near the nature trail in delphi. authorities have been hunting for this man, who they call the main suspect in the case. investigators revealing the new audio and that image came from libby's phone. it's unclear if the voice belonged to that suspect or another man in her last moments libby managed to hit record. investigators hoping libby's valiant effort to record her alleged killer will lead to a tip and an arrest. alex perez, abc news, delphi, indiana. >> a man fighting cancer had a
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very different fight outside of a bank in florida. that man battling stage 4 lung cancer fought off armed robbers here at a market near name. police say one of the suspects armed with a knife demanded cash. the man, though, fought back. the suspects though did get away with his suv and police are still searching for them. bangkok has a well deserved reputation for traffic problems and a couple on a motorbike barely escaped with their lives when a bus changed lanes without slowing down. watch carefully here. you'll see it. that person on the back jumped out of the way. the woman was pushed by the bus along with two other motorbikes. amazingly no one seriously injured and the bus never slowed down. >> i didn't even realize that person was on the back. >> amazing. in south korea another close call on the roads. check out this truck. it looks like it's a scene from a movie. the driver slams on the brakes behind a bus then the truck tips and ends up balancing on its right wheels.
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a few second laters it lands upright and keeps rolling down the highway. no word on any injuries there. but it looks like a jackie chan movie. >> did that happen in indiana because it might have been the powerball winner if it did. time for sports and college hoops. >> neris neil and stan. >> good morning, stan verrett, neil everett in los angeles. not quite march but the madness has begun. >> listen, cal had oregon. i mean up against the ropes. dana altman -- >> giving up. >> no, they looked -- the first half was the worst first half in the history of chris boucher and dillon brooks, tie game. rennie's taylor, the cooler, stay open past 2:00. oregon wins. this, duke and syracuse. 2:20 to go. duke down 72-70. grayson allen. not afraid to shoot it in a big
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♪ your thursday morning "pulse" will start with new england patriots quarterback tom brady at the point right now where he has to think outside the box if he ever wants his super bowl jersey back. >> brady has put together a list of suspects who may have been involved in its disappearance. they include gollum and teammate julian edelman and lady gaga and her escape ropes that we saw during the super bowl. also on the list, michael scott from "the office." the jersey is worth an estimated $500,000. >> so you understand why he wants it back. this one is a -- pay close attention to. researchers now say strenuous exercise ruins your sex life in that's not what i expected. so, in one of the first studies of its kind scientists in north carolina found that frequent high intensity workouts can lead to lower libidos in men but
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haven't pinpointed how much is too much. >> so the answer may be ditch one or two of the workouts and then binge-watch tv with your sweetie instead. >> it was compiled by all women. humpback whale put on quite a show for some voters. near cape henry, virginia. >> absolutely stunned and delighted by the whales' acrobatics. students on a trip and you can just hear their reaction. no complaint, by the way, about getting drenched completely. just a lot of squealing joy.
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astrazeneca may be able to help. i saw the sun yesterday, and it was like a brand-new day in the bay area. thank goodness. good morning on this thursday, february 23. >> absolutely. grad you're here. mike nicco, we're starting with you. you do have a flood warning right now. >> one left. and the good news sunligis the water is receding below the flood line. hi, everybody. we're looking at mark west near mirabel heights. receding below flooding and that flood warning goes until 8:15. remember those showers along the coast? one roaming through the santa cruz mountains right now so keep an eye on that. otherwise, enjoy the sunshine. cooler than average temperatures. 30s and 40s this morning. near 50 for most of the afternoon hours.
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let's find out about that morning commute. we're doing a lot better than we were yesterday. i don't have any major issues to talk about right now and here's a live look at the bay bridge toll plaza. we do have a high wind advisory for the bay bridge this morning. i drove across it myself. it was a little gusty but nothing compared to a couple of the other mornings this week so hopefully that will not turn into a major issue today. slight delays already out of the central valley too. westbound 580, tracy to dublin, some road work there along altamont pass should have been done about 4:00. southbound 680, wide open and northbound 85 looks good in the south bay as well. officials have updated the san jose evacuation map. evacuations have been lifted for everyone between coyote creek and 101 north of east santa clara. mandatory evacuations are still in place for several streets along coyote creek south of santa clara. at one point yesterday, 14,000 residents were under mandatory
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evacuation. another 22,000 were under evacuation advisory. and natasha just mentioned one of the mobile home parks on old oakland road. this is sky7 showing you how extensive the flooding is there still. 200 units at that park are under evacuation. you can see pg&e crews yesterday assessing that situation. crews are are also keeping an eye on a retaining wall that is preventing even more water from flooding that park. the director of the san jose emergency operations center says crews are system mat irkly going through these flooded neighborhoods determining who can safely return. >> there are areas where the flood waters will not naturally recede and we're going to have to do pumping operations. >> officials say their top priority right now, assessing when conditions are safe enough for residents to go back home. if you are returning home, the city has released this checklist of things that you need to know before you do. we posted this on our app and and it covers everything from the best ways to clean your home and all of your
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things to what you need to do before you callou yr insurance. the red cross is searching for new places for flood evacuees to stay. shelters at james lick and evergreen valley high schools in san jose are going to close when students return to school next week. about 150 people spent the night at red cross shelters last night. san jose firefighters were at one of the shelt herbs answering questions but they couldn't actually tell people when they could get back into their homes. if you want to help out any flood victims, the city has set up the city victims relief fund. it will support nonprofit organizations. we've also posts a link to this an stay with us for continuing coverage of the san jose floods. for the latest information and updates, make sure to download the abc7 news app and to enable push alerts. new this morning, one sign of storm recovery, the reopening of a popular bay area highway that's been closed for weeks. >> construction crews have been working around the clock to reopen highway 37. abc7 news reporter amy hollyfield is live for us in


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